1902Massachusetts Vital Records were published.People and Communities, Government and Public Service, City Government, Population

The Essex Institute and the New England Historic Genealogical Society headed the effort to gather and publish the records. In 1902, five hundred copies of each town’s printed records were purchased by the Commonwealth for this purpose. The first towns’ volumes faced some criticism: breaking up the original family groupings and lumping surnames together alphabetically in separate birth, marriage, and death sections, exclusion of important information, committing numerous errors, and, in the marriage listings, needlessly repeating material. However, compilation, arrangement, and printing of the town records continued for some thirty years, with a host of genealogists, librarians, historians, newspaper reporters, and similarly qualified persons participating in the work.
Gloucester’s Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1620-1849 were published 1917-24.

Somerville, James K., Family Demography and the Published Records: An Analysis of the Vital Statistics of Salem, Mass., Essex Institute, Oct 1970.
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